Good Wednesday to you Steelers fans.
Three weeks from today the Pittsburgh Steelers will report to Training Camp. While it will not be in Latrobe at St. Vincent College for the second straight year, the mere fact our team will be back on the field is comforting for me. I’m tired of seeing the “what ifs” and the “why didn’t they do this” type of things. I’m ready for football. I’m ready to see the new offense. I’m ready to see Najee Harris. I’m ready to see this offensive line. I’m ready to see who plays the slot corner and who is on the boundary. And I know I’m not the only one. I love summer. It’s a great opportunity for me to breathe and get a break from my career. But football, serious, ‘guys in pads football,’ is the surest sign of fall and 19 straight weeks of action. I’m ready for it. I know you are too.
Tweet of the Day… Still hard to believe Eddie is gone.
— Grace ? (@imgracesummers) June 29, 2021
The “Best” Athlete
LeBron James recently said that an NFL player can’t be the best athlete in the world because they don’t have to play “both ways.” A basketball player or baseball player or hockey player have to be able to defend as well as be a threat offensively. I understand what he’s saying but this is subjective. I’ve seen football players who are superb golfers, great basketball players and I’ve seen basketball players who literally can’t do anything else. Besides, how do we define “athlete?” Is it someone who does a bunch things well? Is it someone who does one thing better than everyone else? Like I said, it’s subjective.
Speaking of “Best”
This is often the time of year when TV shows and Radio programs come out with a lot of lists. Several have come out about the NFL’s Top Head Coaches. Many Steelers’ fans are rightfully upset when they see Mike Tomlin left out of the top 10. I will say this however… This is a big year for Tomlin. The entire AFC North Division is at worst, “competitive.” While he’s had some terrific coaching jobs during the regular season, he has failed miserably in the playoffs. His career postseason record is now 8-8 and last year’s debacle at home was the icing on the cake for many. As I’ve said many times, Mike Tomlin will always be a “good” coach in my opinion but in order to be “great” I need to see more. Is he one of the ten best coaches in the NFL? No question in my mind. There is much work to be done however and he would be the first to say that.
Really good article from Ed Bouchette in The Athletic this week about the struggles and sacrifices of Jerome Bettis, Alan Faneca and Kendall Simmons during their careers in Pittsburgh. Bettis has struggled with asthma hi entire life while started being medicated three times a day for epilepsy. Simmons battled severe diabetes that would often lead him to inject insulin right on the sidelines. (subscription needed at The Athletic. Sorry)
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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